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TAI' AN
Tai'an City is a stretch of ancient and mystical land. Five thousand years ago here originated the brilliant Dawenkou Culture, which reflects the whole course of the transition from matriarchal society to patriarchal society and the disintegration of the primitive society. During the Spring and Autumn Period and the Period of Warring States, Qi-Lu Culture in the Mt. Tai area is so magnificent that it wins people's admiration all over the world. Since entering the period of Qin Dynasty and Han Dynasty, Taishan Mountain has gradually become a famous mountain where the emperors granted titles to Buddhists and did their worship until the Ming and Qing Dynasty, which has lasted for more than a thousand years.
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The city is located in the middle of Shandong Province, and in the middle section of the tourist itinerary of Mountains, Rivers and Confucius' home. Situated on the main artery of transportation of Beijing - Shanghai Railway, Express way and National Highway, the traffic of Tai'an City is very convenient, which is also not far from Qufu, the hometown of Confucius. There are tourist trains running between Tai'an and Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Jinan and Qingdao.

Daimiao Temple

The temple has a history of 2,000 years, although its present structure was built 1,000 years ago. The temple was the sacred temple to the gods of Taishan, where emperors offered official sacrifices to Mt Taishan. The complex covers an area of more than 96,000 square metres, enclosed in 10 meters high walls. Tiankuangdian (Hall of Heavenly Blessings) is the main structure in the temple, which is comparable with Dacheng Hall of Confucius Temple in Qufu and Taihedian (Hall of Supreme Harmony) in the Forbidden City. Inside the splendid hall, a huge fresco dating back to the Song Dynasty records the spectacle of Emperor Zhenzong's pilgrimage to Mt Taishan. A stone stele from the Qin Dynasty, which used to be on the summit of Mt Taishan recording Emperor Qin Shi Huang's pilgrimage to the sacred mountain. The stele was badly damaged and finally restored in 1983. The temple also houses a collection of imperial sacrifice crafts offered to the gods of Mt Taishan.


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